Why would a PhD from MIT start debugging her family’s health, and why in the world would she create this website?
- Beginnings of our health issues that no doctors could solve
- No doctors could help us, we were on our own
- We didn’t get diagnosed in time to save the rest of the family
- Giving back what we wish we had when we started
- What is DebugYourHealth?
- Why would I do this?
- Intro Video
Beginnings of our health issues that no doctors could solve
We thought we were a normal family of four, well…. as normal as a family with two engineering PhD parents can get. We ate well, slept well, and had no major health issues. Our eldest child started showing concerning behaviors at around age two: skipping meals, a distended belly, vomiting, nausea, weight loss. We took her to every doctor we could find and amassed lots of diagnoses – GI dysbiosis, gastritis, allergies, blood in stool, failure to thrive. We worked on each of these issues, doing everything the doctors told us to do. But, her downslide continued into pain so bad that she couldn’t walk (age 4) and full-blown autism (age 4). She was rocking back and forth in a dark corner and lost all ability to speak.
No doctors could help us, we were on our own
We went to every medical doctor and specialist, many from some of the best schools in the country. Every instruction and suggestion was followed, but nothing helped. The solutions they offered us – medications, therapies, etc – were focused on covering up symptoms. However, they either didn’t work at all or only caused another symptom to appear. We wanted to get at the root cause of the problem, and we wanted to bring her back to health.
After many years and tens of thousands of dollars, we realized that either our child was going to remain sick for the rest of her life, or we had to figure things out for ourselves. As both a mother and an MIT trained PhD in engineering, I could not live without trying. However, this was much more difficult than any problem set at MIT. There were no helpful TAs, no bibles from older students, and worst of all very few people who could even understand the problem. There was not one elegant answer, implementation was complicated and difficult, and things often got worse before they got better. We had to use our own engineering and critical thinking skills, mostly on our own.
We didn’t get diagnosed in time to save the rest of the family
At age 6, this child finally got the diagnosis of Lyme disease with all co-infections. Right around that time, we had a horrible head lice infestation in our home, and the lice spread the Lyme to the rest of the family. My symptoms became so debilitating that I couldn’t deny them anymore: muscle twitching so severe that my limbs would randomly jerk into the air, chronic fatigue kept me in bed, brain fog so bad I thought I had lost that hard-earned MIT education, and night sweats that kept me awake all night. This was probably the hardest time of my life — I had to decide if I really wanted to live or die. I knew already from the experience with my daughter that to live I would most likely have to debug the problem on my own.
However, our healing journey hasn’t been only about Lyme. It’s been about the 18 topics on this website, all of which were critical to regaining our health.
Giving back what we wish we had when we started
Other people heard about our progress and started asking me how we healed. Practitioners who saw our progress asked if they could send patients to me for help. Unfortunately there was no single ‘magic pill’ or solution that could be quickly summarized in less than 10 minutes. I started writing summary documents with everything described as clearly as I could. I would send those to anyone who asked. Usually if someone asked for a document on one particular topic, later they would ask for information on a related topic. This website was finally created as a place to put all that information – for free. Our family added example videos in an attempt to clarify all the information.
What is DebugYourHealth?
DebugYourHealth.com is a summary of my research and experimentation, the lessons I learned, the tips and tricks I can offer, and the skills I used to accelerate our progress. The site contains detailed information on topics that I have debugged already, and example videos of how I debugged them. There is also a separate ‘debugging’ section that lists symptoms and my ideas for where I would start in debugging those symptoms.
Why would I do this?
This site is everything I wish I had known when we started. Had I had this information, I might have saved years of our lives and hundreds of thousands of dollars!
I am not being paid for any referral links or ads, and I do not take money from pharmaceuticals or any other companies. I am not a practitioner trying to get clients. I am not trying to become a practitioner, nor am I representing any supplement company. I am a scientist, engineer, and critical thinker. This site and my opinions are unbiased towards any particular healing modality. My focus remains on what works the best, fastest, and most economically.
This site and information comes from my heart – a contribution to humanity. In truth, our family is spending / losing money on this site. We have also lost a lot of privacy by publishing this content and videos. We are hopeful that this sacrifice will be helpful to others.
If this site and videos have been useful to you, you are welcome to donate financially. All money will be spent on updating and improving the content of this site.
This site is dedicated to all the individuals and families out there who have tried to get better, but have not been helped by the medical community. Those people who still haven’t given up. Those who want to find and fix the root cause of their problems, and get back to living their lives to the fullest potential.
-Susan, Manuel, Soraya & Sabrina